Feds Pull Selective Service Announcement from the Web

Within the past week, there has been a bunch of articles about the Pentagon’s announcement that they were trying to fill local draft boards.

Within the past 24 hours, the announcement has been pulled from the “Defend America” site run by the DOD. You can still view the Google cache of the page.

The removal follows strong denials from the White House regarding the selective service revival plans.

Stealing Your Land to Build My Fence

I often hear the argument that it is perfectly acceptable to build a wall to keep out your enemies. I have no problem with building a fence or wall on your property.

This story is a perfect example of why this is not that kind of fence. Israel has handed out confiscation notices to Palestinian homeowners in the northern Jordan Valley — the government needs their property to build a portion of the fence.

But the supporters of Israel’s expansionism dismiss the pleas of Palestinians that this is a land-grab. Far too often, property rights are ignored in Mideast policy debates. I would love to hear some of the liberventionists try to defend these actions.

More Evidence of Bush’s Eroding Influence

Senate Confirms Bush Error on Indonesia Military Aid

Earlier this month President Bush said that Congress had “changed their attitude” toward resuming the US program to train Indonesia’s military, and was ready to “go forward with” funding the program.

Last week a senior official said that Bush misspoke.

Today the US Senate voted to block this military aid. Jim Lobe reports.

Neocons Want to Bomb Al-Jazeera?

“Take out Al Jazeera, one way or another,”
says rabid neocon Frank Gaffney.

He praises the US-backed Iraqi council decision to ban Al Jazeera reporters from Iraq, but says they don’t go far enough: “Under present wartime circumstances, though, the United States has the ability — and, indeed, an urgent responsibility — to take more comprehensive action against Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. Unless the two networks adjust their behavior so as no longer to act as the propaganda arm of our enemies, they should be taken off the air, one way or another.”